Lorpen Redesigns Trail Running and Multisport Socks for Enhanced Ventilation for Spring 2015

Lorpen, a Spanish-based sock designer and manufacturer that uses blended yarn technology for high performance socks, has created a new design that will further enhance the breathability and ventilation for the 2015 spring/summer sock collection.

The result will be a stronger but lighter product that will keep the foot dry and blister-free. The new Lorpen sock styles will be available at specialty retail stores and online at www.lorpennorthamerica.com in spring 2015.

“Lorpen is an outdoor company that manufactures one product – socks – so we have an obligation to do it well,” said Bruce Barrows, VP of sales and marketing at Lorpen North America. “Our research and design group is driven to find fibers that we can combine to make a super fiber that can improve all aspects of the performance we see in today’s traditional sock designs.  We have integrated the best fibers for warm weather performance into these new products, and have also improved the knitting structure to enhance the breathability throughout the sock.”

Unlike other traditional sock companies that focus just on a single fiber, such as Merino, Lorpen has developed a blended yarn technology using a combination of Coolmax®, Tencel® and Nylon that results in a high performance sock that keeps the feet dry, comfortable and well ventilated.

As a result, both the Trail Running and the Multisport products have improved wicking, and moisture management to complement improved breathability.  This combination will allow the summer athlete to maximize performance in all summer activities.

Trail Running & Multisport Socks: 

Lorpen’s new trail running sock features a blend of natural and synthetic yarns (Coolmax, Tencel and Nylon), as well as enhanced ventilation on the top and side of the sock to maintain a dry, blister-free foot during rigorous activity in hot climates.  Additional structural reinforcement creates a stronger sock that will stand up to whatever the wearer puts it through over a long period of time and hundreds of washings.  MSRP: $11.00 – $13.00.  

Compression Calf Sleeves: Lorpen recently introduced midweight and lightweight Compression Calf Sleeves and has improved its design for 2015 with brighter colors and graphics that match the Lorpen trail running and multisport socks. MSRP: $30.00 (lightweight); $35.00 (midweight)

About Lorpen

Founded in 1985, Lorpen is based in Etxalar, Spain, located at the base of the Pyrenees and has been selling performance outdoor socks in the U.S. since 2004 and Canada since 2001.  At Lorpen, technology and performance are the top priority in every sock they manufacture, and as such, the company is a top choice among athletes and outdoor enthusiasts, including well-known mountain climbers around the globe.  Lorpen socks are now available in 59 different countries around the world, including a variety of independent and major retailers across the U.S. and Canada. 

 For more information, go to www.lorpen.com.

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Respect Your Universe Appoints Jameel Vaghela as CFO

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 25, 2014-- Respect Your Universe, Inc. (TSX VENTURE: RYU) (OTCQB:RYUN) ("RYU"), a global performance training and fitness brand with origins in the movements and philosophy of martial artistry, created for the multisport athlete, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jameel Vaghela as Chief Financial Officer effective September 2, 2014.

Jameel Vaghela will be replacing Jim Nowodworski as Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Vaghela holds a Master of Professional Accounting and a Chartered Accountant designation and has an extensive background in finance, accountancy, corporate taxation and financial markets. Mr. Vaghela's previous roles include Big 4 assurance and advisory experiences at KPMG and PwC where he gained an understanding of the retail apparel sector. Most recently he was responsible for all financial activities related to G4S's aviation screening contract with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

Jameel Vaghela, RYU's CFO, stated, "As a fitness enthusiast, I am very excited to be part of the innovative, high quality and fast growing Respect Your Universe brand. I am also very excited to work together with industry heavy-hitters such Marcello Leone and Manfred Vollmer."

Marcello Leone, RYU's CEO, President and Chairman, stated, "We are excited to have Jameel join our entrepreneurial team. His recent experiences are a solid fit for RYU as we implement our retail roll-out and growth strategy."

About RYU

Respect Your Universe, Inc. is a global performance training and fitness brand with origins in the movements and philosophy of martial artistry, created for the multisport athlete. We deliver uncompromising style, comfort, durability, and function for our customers. We exist to facilitate the best in human performance. For more information, visit www.ryu.com.

On Behalf of the Board

Marcello Leone, CEO, President and Chairman of the Board

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Investor Relations / Tel: +1 877 367 0704​/ Email: ir@ryu.com

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Statements regarding the future growth of RYU are "forward- looking statements", which are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of RYU to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, that RYU's business plan is dependent on additional financing, which it may be unable to obtain on terms acceptable to RYU, changes in general economic or market conditions that could impact consumer demand for RYU's products, and RYU's ability to execute on its business plan. Except as required by law, RYU undertakes no responsibility to update any of the forward-looking statements contained in this news release.

SOURCE Respect Your Universe, Inc.

Test winner Novena from Swisseye

In the category till 100€ our model Novena is nominated at the MountainBIKE Magazin 05/2014 as the test winner 05/14.

 The following product features are highlighted: - also available as Novena S for small faces - ultimate protection - good view due to the large lens/field of vision - generous equipment.

Please visit us if you would like to get more information about the model Novena in hall B stand 103. Swisseye

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Tel.: +49 5237 23160
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BMW Motorcycles Clinch 16 Best Bike Awards for 2014

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Editors of Cycle World, Motorcyclist and Motorcycle.com Choose BMW in Sport Touring, Standard, Touring, Sportbike, Adventure Bike, Naked Bike, Scooter and Best Motorcycle Technology Categories

BMW R 1200 RT Wins 2014 People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year from Rider MSN Autos Chooses BMW R nineT and BMW S 1000 R as Best Bikes for 2014 Riding Season

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – August 26, 2014…The accolades keep coming and the year is not yet over.  In the past six months, BMW Motorrad USA has collected 16 Best Bike Awards for 2014, including six “Best Of” awards from Motorcycle.com for the second year in a row, four “Best Of” awards from Motorcyclist, three of the top ten spots in Cycle World’s “Ten Best Bikes for 2014,” and Rider’s 2014 People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year award for the BMW R 1200 RT.  MSN Autos also chose the BMW R nineT and BMW S 1000 R as two of “The Best Bikes for the 2014 Riding Season.”

“It is a tremendous honor to receive a ‘Best Of’ award from the motorcycle press in any category.  To receive multiple awards from respected journalists and customers across several categories in just six months is phenomenal,” observed Kris Odwarka, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA.  “Positive response to our newly introduced and existing models reaffirms our commitment to continually raising the bar for safety, performance and technology.”

For the second year, BMW motorcycles swept six categories in Motorcycle.com’s annual “Best Of” awards.  The website, which is visited each month by more than 2 million motorcycle enthusiasts around the world, named the latest generation BMW R 1200 RT “Best Sport Touring Motorcycle” and the all-new BMW R nineT “Best Standard Motorcycle.”  In an encore performance, BMW captured the “Best Touring Motorcycle” category – this time with the newly upgraded BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive – as well as “Best Scooter” with the BMW C 650 GT.  The iconic BMW R 1200 GS, last year’s Motorcycle of the Year winner, tied for “Best On Off-Road/Adventure Motorcycle.”  Once again, BMW also won kudos for “Best New Motorcycle Technology” with Hill Start Control, the latest electronic rider aid newly introduced on the 2014 R 1200 RT and K 1600 GTL Exclusive.

“BMW has been on an absolute tear for a number of years,” wrote Tom Roderick of Motorcycle.com.

For more information on Motorcycle.com’s “Best of” awards, visit:

Editors of Motorcyclist proclaimed the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure “Best Adventure Bike,” the BMW R 1200 RT “Best Touring Bike,” the BMW S 1000 R “Best Naked Bike,” and awarded an honorable mention to the BMW S 1000 RR as “Best Sportbike.”

Commenting on the 2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, Motorcyclist editors wrote, “It would be painfully easy for BMW to fall into a “printing money” mode with the big GS, especially the Adventure model. (Which will, we’re told, account for just more than half of the GS sales in the U.S. this year.) After all, the GS is an institution, and it’s assumed that buyers will line up for new ones no matter how good they are. But that’s not BMW’s tack with the GS Adventure. Launched a year after the new water-cooled engine debuted in the basic GS, the Adventure has so many tweaks, updates, improvements, and just plain old differences that it could almost be considered a new model. Heck, BMW did more in the GS-to-Adventure update than many manufacturers do for whole-model updates. That’s how serious BMW is about the GS platform.”

For more information on Motorcyclist’s “Best Of” picks for 2014, visit:

For the fourth year in a row, BMW claimed Cycle World’s “Best Touring Bike” category with the 2014 BMW K 1600 GTL.

“A tough category, but the cream that is the BMW K 1600 GTL has remained at the top of this CW class for an impressive four years,” wrote Cycle World editors.  “The secret to the GTL’s success? The sophisticated sportiness that emanates from an outstanding chassis and a silky smooth inline-six engine that wails like a banshee above 6,000 rpm…No other machine has such a broad capability, transitioning from luxury superslab cushiness to taut, wicked-fast composure on a back road with the flick of a few modes. For the touring rider who wants everything and then some, there is no better choice.”

For 2014, the all-new BMW R 1200 RT unseated its own teammate – the BMW K 1600 GT – as Cycle World’s “Best Sport-Touring Bike.”

“It takes a pretty special machine to unseat the BMW K 1600 GT as Cycle World’s best sport-touring bike, but that’s exactly what the new wasserboxer-powered BMW R 1200 RT is,” commented Cycle World editors.  It’s not just the fact that the RT uses a flat-twin, BMW’s spiritual core, but also that this swift and comfortable machine is about 130 pounds lighter than its six-cylinder sibling, which makes it easier to maneuver in your garage or on Mulholland. Yet the R 1200 RT, with its saddlebags, optional top case, and excellent fairing, is still very much a great long-distance pack mule, boasting electronic ride modes and Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension that adapt the bike to any condition. Score one for the purists.”

Capturing Cycle World’s “Best Standard Bike” pick, the BMW S 1000 R also received high praise.  “The offerings in the once niche sport naked category have grown so vast it appears to have become the new standard. Why settle for only comfort and practicality when you can have that and more? BMW currently offers a superior answer. The S 1000 R delivers superbike acceleration and track-sharp handling when you want it yet possesses a civil side that is just a few button presses away. Adrenaline or relaxation, the S 1000 R’s HP4-derived electronics suite administers both and sets a higher standard,” wrote Cycle World editors.

For more information on Cycle World’s “Ten Best Bikes for 2014” visit:

Earlier this summer, Rider Magazine asked readers to vote for their favorite 2014 bike in its People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year Contest.  The BMW R 1200 RT emerged the winner out of nearly 50 contenders.  And what did readers say?

“Outstanding balance. Not too big…not too small. Not too sporty…not too focused on touring. Not too heavy. Perfect balance of performance. If you can only have one bike (like most of us), this one is it.”

For more information on Rider’s 2014 People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year Contest results, visit:

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 120 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at:

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RIDE Snowboards Drops New 2015 Gear & Website

SEATTLE, Wash. (Aug. 28, 2014) – Every winter RIDE Snowboards brings bomber gear, fresh style, and fun to the snow. This year the stoke factor is being ramped up to an even higher level.

RIDE, a leader in the snowboard industry for more than 20 years, unveils their new 2015 line of hardgoods, outerwear, accessories and new website. Not only does the new site feature this season’s full range of new offerings, but it showcases an upgraded design and standout features so your experience surfing the site is as much fun as surfing snow.

The multi-media-driven site is home to all things RIDE like: gear, athlete news and videos, social media happenings, and the brand new Board Finder – a slick tool that allows you to dial in the right board for your style and level of riding.

“Our new 2015 line brings new design concepts for the brand that are inspired by our pro team of riders and board shape progression,” said Sean Tedore, Global Brand Director at RIDE. “Showcasing everything about RIDE on our new, highly-engaging site is the perfect platform for us to offer everything we can to consumers and fans to inspire their riding and help build stoke around the industry.”

The new 2015 men’s collection includes the groundbreaking Alter Ego board, a one-of-a-kind SplitTail design that screams versatility and features a trusted and proven tail-clip that allows the board’s playfulness and response to be adjusted on-the-fly for different riding conditions. The new, asymmetrical Helix allows riders to get more out of their turns with less effort. RIDE collaborated with progressive street-wear company Akomplice on the Helix’s graphic design that adds a feel-good vibe to your ride.

The El Hefe is the binding for everything. Featuring RIDE’s Carbon Slimeback™ tech that sandwiches layers of carbon and urethane together to provide both premier strength and dampening at the same time. For the feet, the new Fuse features RIDE’s proprietary Slime Tongue™ tech, providing enhanced rebound and dampening for a smoother ride with less fatigue.
For women, don’t miss the OMG board complete with RIDE’s proven Slimewalls® sidewall and Cleave Edge™ steel, for a smooth durable ride.

The female-inspired DVA binding features Ride’s new aluminum Edge™ chassis built for all-mountain riding, flex, and durability and Slimeback™ SB highback for a smooth ride with fluid support. The new Hera boot is Ride’s first women’s-specific boot with its proprietary Tongue Tied™ Boa® closure system for award-winning heel hold and ultimate comfort for logging long days.

New this year to RIDE’s highly-touted outerwear and base layer collections is the revolutionary 37.5™ technology by Cocona®. The test-proven, thermo-regulating system shines at managing moisture like no other waterproof/breathable technology on the market. 37.5™ technology is featured in RIDE’s pinnacle pieces like the men’s Delridge Jacket and Alki Pant, as well as the women’s Vine Jacket.

The men’s and women’s 2015 Cappel collection redefines the street-inspired look that many riders have adopted, and uses premier fabrics and apparel technologies for amazing performance and feel. The men’s Revolution Jacket features Aquapel™ by Nano-Tex® and 10K/8K waterproof/breathable protection. The women’s Road to Ruin Jacket is loaded with RiderActive features that include, 10K/8K waterproof/breathable protection with Aquapel™, critically taped seams, and zip-out powder skirt.

There’s more to come soon too. This fall, RIDE will be releasing news about the new additions to their athlete roster and unveiling their new short video series Built to Ride.”

In the meantime, think snow and check out: ridesnowboards.com.

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Luxottica Group calls Board Meeting for Monday September 1, 2014

Milano -25 Aug 2014 - 19:22
Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE: LUX; MTA: LUX), a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear announces that it has called a meeting of its Board for Monday the 1st of September 2014 to consider its management structure and the position of Andrea Guerra.

At the end of the meeting a conference call for analysts and investors will take place. Details of the call will be circulated in due course.

Luxottica Group - Contacts

Cristina Parenti
Group Corporate Communication and Public Relations Director
Tel.: +39 (02) 8633 4683
Email: cristina.parenti@luxottica.com

Alessandra Senici
Group Investor Relations Director
Tel.: +39 (02) 8633 4870
Email: InvestorRelations@luxottica.com

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New Vinci Bat Backpack Available For Pre-Order

Vinci, makers of high quality baseball gloves and equipment, announces the launch of its first bat backpack. 

Richmond, Virginia August 26, 2014
Vinci, makers of high quality baseball gloves and equipment, announces the launch of its first bat backpack.
The Vinci Bat Backpack is a stylish all-in-one carry system for ball players everywhere - from little league baseball to the softball field to the college diamond.

The Vinci Bat Backpack offers a variety of key components, including a waterproof bottom, a large compartment for helmet and gear and an ergonomic design with padded shoulder straps. It includes double heavy-duty fence hooks for hanging with a separated zipper opening and storage pocket.

Breathable mesh padded backing allows for the comfortable transportation of equipment. The bag is designed to hold up to the weather with a waterproof bottom that makes it easy for cleaning.

"After years of research, we've come up with a bag that can be used by most all ages," says Peter J Vinci, CEO of Vinci. "Our goal was to make a durable, quality bag for a reasonable price. This bag is a great compliment to our high quality baseball gloves and softball gloves."

At 21.5" X 15" X 9", the Vinci Bat Backpack is large enough to carry two bats, cleats, gloves, uniform with room to spare for a laptop. The drop down ventilated shoe compartment fits large shoe sizes. The removable cell phone case on back strap can accommodate almost any phone.

The front pocket fits baseball glove and batting gloves with an inside mesh pocket and a shelf to place the glove during game.

The only thing the bag doesn’t deliver is a space for users to change into their uniforms!

"The response from friends, kids, adults, Major League baseball players and major sports equipment buyers has been phenomenal." Vinci adds, "Pictures don't do this bag justice, once people touch, see and feel it, they get hooked. Our photographer put it on his back, and he immediately said, 'I want to buy one.'"

Pre orders are being taken now at http://www.vincipro.com/Vinci-bat-batpack.html. The expected delivery date is late September, 2014.

For a limited time, Vinci is running a sweepstakes for a free bat bag. The winning prize will be shipped in early October. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Vincibaseball.

About Vinci

Vinci is a family-owned and operated sports equipment company dedicated to quality. A number of minor and major-league baseball players use Vinci equipment.

For additional information, visit http://www.vincipro.com.

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Eurobike Friedrichshafen - Awards for the crème de la crème

Friedrichshafen - The Eurobike Award is one of the most prestigious design awards in the bicycle industry that a company can receive for its products. 

Yesterday evening, 56 manufacturers celebrated in style after learning that their new products had been awarded the illustrious seal of quality at the leading international bicycle industry trade show. 

Eleven of them received a Gold Award and one company was given a Green Award for a product that represents not only outstanding design, but also sets a new benchmark for sustainability.

This year saw 500 hopeful entries for the Eurobike Award. The industry design award was organised for the first time in association with the German Designer Club (DDC) and the six-person expert panel selected 56 products to receive a Eurobike Award. During the award ceremony yesterday, at the end of the first day of the show, it was revealed which products had won a Gold Award or a Green Award.

"The Eurobike Award denotes products that represent outstanding design, quality and functionality. However, even within this select group, there are products that stand out. These exceptional products set new standards and push the envelope in the industry. They are the winners of the Eurobike Gold Awards,” explained Stefan Reisinger, Head of OutDoor/Eurobike, Messe Friedrichshafen.

Winners of the Eurobike Gold Awards 2014:

Commuter - Canyon
Canyon is well known for its racing bikes and mountain bikes. Its new Commuter model now also shows that it’s equally at home on urban streets. The Canyon bike designers have devoted a great deal of attention to giving both the frame and components a coherent look.

What the judges had to say: "In terms of appearance, we’ve rarely seen an urban bike that reinterprets this theme as radically as the Commuter from Canyon. The bike’s understated design is very elegant. There was virtually no other competition entry where we so quickly agreed that it deserved a design award. As judges, we view the Gold Award for this product as an incentive to the bike industry to dare to venture into more design.”

Elite Hybrid HPC SLT 29 - Cube
Cube has gone to great lengths with its Elite Hybrid HPC SLT 29 to open a new weight class for e-mountain bikes. At its heart is the high-quality, lightweight carbon frame, which houses the Bosch drive unit in a shock-resistant and elegant manner.

What the judges had to say: "At last an e-mountain bike that’s also low in weight. With its consistently light frame Cube is pursuing a different path to other suppliers and that’s something we applaud. This manufacturer has listened very closely to consumer wishes.”

ST2 Sport - Stromer
The ST2 Sport from Stromer is a further development of the ST1 model, which was well received in expert circles due to the successful integration of its drive components. With the ST2 Sport, the Swiss manufacturer is going one step further. This applies to the motor, user interface and battery and in particular, for the first time, digital connectivity to a proprietary cloud-based platform for interaction with a smartphone.

What the judges had to say: "The design and functional aspects of the Stromer are very coherent. Integrated optics, smart online integration and a drive that works very well. This is the direction that needs pursuing.”

Schaap Jacket - Triple2
The Schaap Jacket from sustainable bikewear specialist Triple2 is made from Tecnowool, a fabric that combines the natural look of wool with the technical advantages of synthetic fibres. It features an integrated membrane to keep rain out and a lambswool lining for insulation on colder days.

What the judges had to say: "Initially we would never have guessed that this was a functional cycling jacket. It’s also ideal for day-to-day wear. And consists of recycled material.”

Kickr - Wahoo
The Kickr indoor bike trainer from American manufacturer Wahoo has more than just smartphone integration with bluetooth and ANT+ technology. It features a new design, where the back wheel of the road or mountain bike is taken off before it is placed in the trainer. The Kickr also enables particularly accurate power measurement.

What the judges had to say: "The trick with this trainer is that (in contrast to other conventional indoor bike trainers) the back wheel is taken off. The Bluetooth connection that allows a direct hook-up with a smartphone is also very practical.”

Vial Evo D - AX-Lightness
Carbon specialist AX-Lightness is showing what is technically possible with its Vial evo D. The bike, which is nearly completely manufactured in Germany, has exceptional test results for weight and riding stability. Despite this, the Vial Evo D is a racing bike suitable for daily use and for riders weighing up to 170 kg.

What the judges had to say: "With this bike AX Lightness sets the bar higher for carbon-frame bikes. But it’s not just the weight and rigidity that are unusual in this racing bike, the frame, fork and the majority of the components are German-made.”

Dealer Center - Winora Staiger
The Winora Staiger Dealer Center is a well-thought-out point of sale tool for its retail partners. A 23” touchscreen display provides detailed information about the manufacturer’s product range and availability of individual models. In addition, various apps enable rapid access to specialist product information.

What the judges had to say: "This presentation medium for point of sale use will inspire people for cycling. As judges, the online applications’ menus and contents look superb and well thought-out. The application’s design is state of the art.”

Rafael-r-023 Ueberbike - Rafael
Heidelberg-based manufacturer Rafael has completely redesigned the triathlon bike with its Ueberbike. Combining one-sided hung wheels with integrated brakes provides not only particularly good aerodynamics, but also allows quick repair of defect tires in a competition.

What the judges had to say: "This triathlon model fully lives up to its name of Ueberbike. It looks fantastic. Parts attached to the bike have been cleverly integrated. You hardly see the merest hint of a cable anywhere. This really is an innovation. For us judges it was love at first sight.”

Aeroad CF SLX - Canyon
Canyon’s Aeroad CF SLX incorporates a synthesis of aerodynamics, stiffness and lightness, without making any sacrifices on comfort. This is made possible by consistent system integration of frame and components.

What the judges had to say: "This bike set the pulses of the designers in the judges’ panel racing in particular. Graphics and styling score full marks. The design goals which included aerodynamics, rigidity and comfort have all been applied very consistently.”

ilu - Curana
Belgian bike equipment specialists Curana and German light manufacturers Busch & Müller worked together to design this attractive bicycle light, which is integrated into the mudguard.
What the judges had to say: "Elegantly integrating a bike light is a massive challenge. Busch & Müller have pulled this off especially well in their ilu. Here the light’s attractively integrated in the mudguard - a superb design.”

Transformer X - Topeak
Topeak, the Taiwanese bike accessories expert, is offering a portable bike stand and pump combo with its Transformer X.

What the judges had to say: "This new combination of a track pump and bike stand is really very clever. This is a very practical solution, particularly for sports bikes that normally don’t have their own stand.”

Winner of the Eurobike Green Award 2014:

Munich-based Velospring has been awarded the Green Award for its shock-absorbing Sen Comfort bicycle grips. The Eurobike Award judges were impressed by the exceptional haptic characteristics of the high-quality wooden grips and in particular by the company’s consistent implementation of sustainable measures. "During testing, the ergonomic wooden handles impressed us because they immediately felt pleasant to touch. The extra suspension is also immediately obvious. This product offers functional added value with material from sustainably managed, domestic forests. We were convinced that this combination deserved a Green Award,” said the Eurobike Award expert panel.

The German Designer Club (DDC) was also full of praise for the bicycle industry following its first involvement in the Eurobike. "The bar for good design is set very high in the bicycle market. And the industry has now reached a level that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. In this respect, the value of a Gold Award for a company cannot be overstated. The design award pays tribute to the exceptional achievement of those companies on the receiving end,” said Michael Eibes, Designer and Chairman of the Board, DDC.

Visitors to the Eurobike will be able to see all 56 winners of the Eurobike Awards, including the  Gold Awards and the Green Award until the final day of the show (Saturday, 30.08.2014) in the Foyer West. More information about the award winners, expert panel members and German Designer Club (DDC) is available from Eurobike online at: http://www.eurobike-show.de/eb-de/programm/eurobike-award.php.

Eurobike Award expert panel 2014

Felix Boehlken has been an editor at Motor Presse Stuttgart since 2001. He was a member of the MountainBIKE magazine team for five years before moving to help found RoadBIKE magazine. Right from the start Felix Boehlken was involved at the publishers in introducing and developing innovative bike and equipment testing methods, some of which have gone on to become industry standard. He is an enthusiastic mountain biker and downhill fan - who has crossed the Alps on both MTB and road bike.

Bernd-Uwe Gutknecht is an ARD Sport reporter who has worked in journalism for over 25 years. He has interviewed hundreds of people, heard hundreds of stories and told hundreds of stories himself. He holds a degree in sports science and his specialist areas are sport, travel and science. In addition, he is a triathlete who has completed, among other things, three Ironman triathlons, and is an enthusiastic cyclist who has competed in the Oetztal Cycle Marathon. Since 2003 he is regularly involved at the Eurobike as a reporter or moderator.

Claudia Maiwald is General Secretary Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD - the German association for sustainable mobility). As an industrial designer, she has been actively involved in environmental and climate protection for over 20 years. Cycling is one of her main focuses. Maiwald uses a bicycle for nearly 100 percent of her own daily transport requirements. On a recent longer cycling trip, she rode the Berlin - Copenhagen Cycle Route to the Danish capital, where she thoroughly tested the city’s extensive and innovative infrastructure. "Cycling is fun, keeps you fit and is good for the environment - promoting cycling is far-sighted and is crucial for the future of our cities,” she says.

Pete Mijnssen is publisher and editor-in-chief of Velojournal, Switzerland’s most popular cycling magazine. He’s been involved in the bicycle industry for 25 years and is still passionate about what he describes as the superior mode of personal transport. In his opinion, bicycles are the most important and practical form of urban transport. He also rides a racing bike for training purposes and enjoys taking part in fun races. For the mountains, he prefers his touring bike or his mountain bike.

Nils Holger Moormann is a designer and lives and works in Aschau am Chiemsee, Germany. Fascinated by design, he broke off his law studies in the early 1980s and moved as a self-taught expert into the furniture industry. In 1984, Nils Holger Moormann founded his own company - which now has an internationally respected and multiple award-winning furniture collection. He is a passionate cyclist.

Markus Walcher joined the family business, Fahrrad XXL Walcher, in 2011. He has been joint managing director together with his father since 2012. Outside of work he is also an active cyclist - mountain biking in winter and on his road bike in the summer. Apart from the sporting benefits, he sees cycling as important way of maintaining a work-life balance and clearing the mind. It also gives him the chance to test out products himself. Fahrrad XXL Walcher has company premises of over 10,000 m², up to 11,500 bicycles and 48 employees.

By  Eurobike Friedrichshafen

Cabela’s and Icebreaker Announce Co-Branded Apparel for Fall/Winter 2014

Premium Merino Wool Line for Men & Women to be Sold Exclusively at Cabela’s

PORTLAND, Ore. – (August 2014) Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, has teamed up with Icebreaker, the New Zealand pioneer in merino wool apparel, to create a co-branded apparel line for men and women  – Cabela’s + Icebreaker – to be sold exclusively in Cabela’s U.S. retail stores and online at www.cabelas.com this fall.

Icebreaker’s merino wool is world-renowned by outdoor industry experts for a highly functional design that stands up to rigorous wear, regardless of weather conditions and exertion levels.  Merino wool is legendary for providing the highest insulation qualities, offering breathability to prevent overheating and clamminess, and retaining body heat when wet. Unlike synthetics, Icebreaker merino is naturally odor-resistant.

The Cabela’s + Icebreaker collection consists of base-, first- and mid-layers and accessories for men and women that combine Icebreaker’s superior lightweight, soft, superfine merino fabrics with Cabela’s legendary garment construction. The companies released at two-minute video showcasing the collection and the benefits of Icebreaker merino.

Men’s Product Highlights:

Thermal Zone Base Layer Half-Zip Top & Bottoms with strategically placed Thermal Zone layers, these are designed to keep you warm when temperatures drop and cool in the heat.  Three different weights of fabric are used, depending on the area’s heat-retention needs. The lightweight, breathable, non-itch, odor-resistant merino wool fabric offers comfortable all-day wear and wicks away moisture.  MSRP: $129 (each)

Relaxed Boxer Brief is a lightweight men’s boxer constructed with itch-free merino wool that naturally resists odors, while a percentage of Lycra ultra-breathable construction wicks moisture to prevent overheating for all-day comfort.  MSRP: $39

First-Layer SS Crew is an ultra-lightweight, breathable 100-percent merino wool short-sleeve crew with moisture-wicking performance that keeps you warm in cold conditions and cool in warm conditions. MSRP: $69

Liner Gloves made of breathable, moisture-wicking merino wool with a touch of Lycra for stretch and increased dexterity, also acts as a natural temperature regulator. MSRP: $25

Beanie is a lightweight and breathable 200-gram/260-gram merino wool that traps warmth against your head while adding extra camouflage concealment in the field. Naturally odor-resistant and moisture-wicking fibers.  MSRP: $26

Women’s Product Highlights

Thermal Zone LS Crew & Tights are incredibly soft, breathable and itch-free, built from three different weights of merino fabric for the ultimate in thermal regulation, keeping the thinner layers in locations where overheating tends to happen. MSRP: $129 (each)

First Layer LS Scoop is a fine-textured merino wool designed for next-to-skin wear with elasticity that allows full range of motion.  Designed to wick away moisture from the skin and transfer it to the outside of the shirt where it quickly evaporates, this long-sleeve tee naturally regulates body temperature. MSRP: $85

About Icebreaker

Icebreaker merino clothing for the outdoors, technical sports and lifestyle includes underwear, mid layer garments, outerwear, socks and accessories for men, women and children. Icebreaker is based in Wellington, New Zealand, and is sold in more than 3000 stores in 44 countries.

See icebreaker.com for more information about Icebreaker, and jeremymoon.me for more information on Icebreaker Founder Jeremy Moon.  Follow Icebreaker on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

About Cabela’s

Cabela's Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty retailer, and the world's largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company's founding in 1961, Cabela's® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World's Foremost Outfitter®. Through Cabela's growing number of retail stores and its well-established direct business, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela's also issues the Cabela's CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program. Cabela's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CAB".

For further information: Media contacts: Shana Frahm Icebreaker Public Relations (323) 855-9884 Chuck Smock Cabela’s (308) 255-2926 chuck.smock@cabelas.com

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European Commission orders recovery of €10 million unlawful aid from Slovenian ski maker Elan

The European Commission has ordered Slovenian authorities to recover €10 million of state aid it granted to the leisure equipment manufacturer Elan group in 2008.

The Commission's investigation found that the 2008 capital injection was not in line with EU state aid rules, because a private player operating under market conditions would not have accepted to invest on similar terms.

The capital injection therefore procured an undue economic advantage to Elan that its competitors did not have. The measure was unlawfully put into effect by Slovenia and Elan now needs to pay back the undue advantage with interests.

The Commission also found that a previous capital injection of €10 million carried out in 2007 did not constitute state aid in the meaning of the EU rules, because in this instance, Elan's state owned shareholders acted in the same conditions as its private shareholder, in line with the behaviour of a normal market investor.

Following a complaint, the Commission opened an in-depth investigation into the two capital injections totalling around €20 million in May 2010 (see IP/10/557).


Elan group, located in Slovenia, is active in producing skiing equipment, marine oriented crafts such as yachts and equipment for sports facilities.

At the time of the second capital injection in 2008, all of Elan's shareholders were at least majority owned by the State.

The Commission's investigation revealed that the 2008 capital injection had not been made on market terms (the so-called "market economy investor principle" – MEIP) and therefore constituted state aid in the meaning of the Treaty.

The Commission then verified whether the state aid could be found compatible with EU rules. As the company was in financial difficulties at the time of the 2008 capital injection, the Commission assessed the aid under the EU guidelines on the rescue and restructuring of companies in difficulties.

The guidelines require in particular that the aid beneficiary implements adequate compensatory measures aimed at minimising the distortions of competition created by the state support. Elan did not carry out any such measures and therefore has to pay back the aid, so as to restore the level playing field in the EU's internal market.

Slovenia is currently looking for a private investor for Elan. To this end, a two stage public tender process was launched in 2011.

The non-confidential version of the decision will be made available under the case number SA.26379 in the State Aid Register on the DG Competition website once any confidentiality issues have been resolved. New publications of state aid decisions on the internet and in the Official Journal are listed in the State Aid Weekly e-News.

Contacts :
Antoine Colombani (+32 2 297 45 13)
Maria Madrid Pina (+32 2 295 45 30)

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Venture Snowboards Launches New Website Focused on Products and Cultural Passion

Venture Snowboards Launches New Website Focused on Products and Cultural Passion

Silverton, CO (August 28, 2014) – Venture Snowboards launched a new website highlighting their award winning snowboards, design philosophy, videos and product sales.

The Venture Snowboards website is now live and showcases Venture’s revolutionary Shape Shack, 2014 / 2015 award-winning product line and videos highlighting the Venture culture.

“We are a growing brand with stellar products and need to present ourselves as such,” says Lisa Branner, Co-owner of Venture Snowboards. “Our secret sauce is always the details and expressing our brand in a way that shows the impact of our designs, our testing grounds in Silverton, Colorado, and, of course, our boards.”

About Venture Snowboards

The only thing our team loves more than building snowboards is riding snowboards. Venture was founded in 1999, beginning our lifelong pursuit of crafting unrivaled snowboards for maximum mountain enjoyment and performance. Every Venture is handcrafted by snowboarders in our Silverton, Colorado factory and tested in some of the most demanding terrain in the lower 48.

The mountains dictate the design; countless hours of rider R&D go into every product. Fortunately for us, “R&D” in this case equals snowboarding.

We’re not a mega manufacturer that builds mass-market boards. Our “secret sauce” is attention to detail. We ride these boards day in and day out, so nothing gets by us. At Venture, every board counts and nothing leaves our factory without final approval from the founders themselves.

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On Your Mark, Set, Go: Brianna Rollins’s N+TC Race Ready Workout

American track and field athlete Brianna Rollins introduces her new Nike+ Training Club gym workout.

Being a world champion comes with brilliant moments of triumph, but also years of relentless dedication. Brianna Rollins, the reigning 100-meter hurdles world champion knows well the difficult and long road to glory.
“No one said being great would be easy,” Rollins says. “But no matter how big a challenge you face, you have to stay positive and motivate yourself to work hard.”
For Rollins, hard work extends from the track to the gym. Beginning in September, Rollins will showcase some of the ways she stays in top shape when her Race Ready Workout launches on the Nike+ Training Club App.

The 15-minute workout features five drills designed to help athletes build strength in their core, legs and arms. These drills include side steps with twists, modified explosive push-ups and single leg squats on steps.

Rollins’s Race Ready Workout will be available on the N+TC App beginning Sept. 2. Users will also be able to shop her training look, which includes the Nike Free TR 4, on nike.com.

About Brianna Rollins

Being first is nothing new to Brianna Rollins. The oldest of seven siblings, Rollins has been winning big races since she was a high school standout in Miami. However, the 23-year-old can count 2013 as her most successful year to date. While a senior at Clemson, the speedster set the collegiate record for the 100-meter hurdles en route to capturing the NCAA championship. She followed that up by setting the American record at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Her stellar year culminated with a gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow.

About Nike Training Club

Nike Training Club is a global fitness community of girls driven by self-expression in movement and training. It embodies Nike’s commitment to inspire and enable female athletes through its products, services and experiences.

The N+TC App is the digital heartbeat of the club, uniting its members no matter where they train. The full-body training app caters to every level of fitness. Athletes can choose four-week programs or one-off workouts in order to chase their goals of getting lean, toned or strong.
The N+TC App features more than 115 workouts and is free to download on iOS and Android in English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, French, German, Spanish and Italian-language versions.

For more information, visit nike.com.

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News Paris Boat Show 2014 : the Nautic’s Marina


 There is a new area in hall 4 this year: The Nautic’s Marina!

Designed like a true Marina and as an extension of the Show's walkways, this area is equipped with pontoons welcoming the public as well as new products.

The Nautic boat show ( 6 to 14 Dec. 2014) is the first to offer an indoor Marina. This innovative concept gives visitors the possibility to experience and admire the boats as if they were at a floating show.

Visitors and professionals alike will have the opportunity to visit the Yacht Club, which will have a restaurant/lounge at the heart of the Marina in true sailing fashion.

The purpose of this Marina is two-fold and meets equally the needs of professionals as well as visitors:
- It offers visitors a larger range of boats which they can admire from all angles,
- and it offers professionals a high-quality turnkey solution, Power boating is the primary economic sector of pleasure-boating and it is the Nautic boat show’s duty to make Hall 4 match the needs of the sector.

Finally, the Nautic’s Marina will also be the stage for many events such as the Nautic Design Awards. These awards celebrate the most beautiful boats and are held in partnership with Moteur Boat and Neptune.

About The Nautic :

• The annual event to discover the new models in the nautical world.
• A genuine showcase with 785 exhibitors and 1,300 brands for an attendance of more than 240 000 visitors*.
• 1 200 boats on display, including close to 200 new models
• A comparable number of motorboat and various sailing boats: 350
• 300 assorted small craft (canoes, kayaks, windsurfing boards)
• Professional advices.
• A friendly atmosphere, a meeting between friends and water sports lovers.
• 3 exhibition poles:
- Sailing and Tourism (Pavilion 1)
- Motor boating (Pavilions 2.2 et 4)
- Equipments (Pavilion 2.1)

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BRG Sports Partners with MIPS AB to Advance Head Protection Technology

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. — August 26, 2014 — BRG Sports, Inc., a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment, protective products and related accessories, today announced that it has invested in MIPS AB.  MIPS AB has developed the Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) technology that will be featured in several new cycling helmet models from BRG Sports brands Giro and Bell.

“We constantly evolve helmet design to incorporate technologies that prove effective at reducing impact energy,” said BRG Sports Executive Chairman and CEO Terry Lee. “After studying and testing MIPS for more than 18 months, we understand how well it works and have a strong desire to collaborate with MIPS to improve the effectiveness with which it manages certain types of impact energy. During the process of getting to know the MIPS team, and after learning more about their technology and capabilities, we decided to make an investment in the company. This investment will enable us to work closely with MIPS in our quest to improve helmet safety and consistently raise the level of protection we offer our customers.”

The patented MIPS Brain Protection System was developed through a collaboration between Swedish engineers and a Swedish neuroscientist to address angled impacts and rotational forces to the brain. Concussion and brain injuries are often caused by rotational forces to the brain during a head impact. MIPS utilizes a low friction layer on the inside of the helmet to absorb some of the energy created by angled blows to the head. By mimicking the brain’s own protective mechanism, MIPS can provide an additional measure of protection in some impacts.

BRG Sports’ investment in MIPS AB will expand the company’s own extensive research, design, and testing capabilities. The first results of these synergies are eight cycling helmet models from Giro and Bell, which will debut at the Eurobike 2014 tradeshow in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Giro also has plans to incorporate MIPS technology in their line of market-leading snowsports helmets.

Johan Thiel, CEO of MIPS commented, “We are very pleased to welcome BRG Sports as a customer and strategic partner. We think highly of BRG Sports’ helmet development capabilities and are proud that they have selected MIPS as a strategic partner. This partnership and the investment made by BRG Sports will contribute to MIPS’ continued growth and in meeting the helmet users’ demand for increased safety and will further strengthen our overall R&D capacity.”

About Bell
From humble beginnings in the garage of a Southern California speed shop in the 1950’s to the heads of champions in auto, motorcycle and bicycle competitions all over the world, Bell is synonymous with protection and progression. For more information about Bell, please visit www.bellhelmets.com

About Giro
Since creating the first lightweight, high-performance helmets for cycling and snowsports, Giro has excelled in the design, fit and engineering of products that complement the body and improve the ride experience.  For more information about Giro, please visit www.giro.com.

MIPS was founded in 2001 and is based on research at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (KTH) and the Karolinska University Hospital. MIPS’ safety technology (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) adds a measure of protection against rotational forces, which the brain is exposed to in most hits or falls.  MIPS is currently available in ski/snowboard, bicycle, equestrian and motorcycle helmets. For more information about MIPS, please visit www.mipshelmet.com.

About BRG Sports
BRG Sports is a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment, protective products and related accessories. The company markets and licenses products under such well-known brands as Bell, Blackburn, Giro, Raskullz, Krash! and BULT. Its products incorporate leading technology and designs and are used by professional athletes and enthusiasts alike. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, the company has 27 facilities worldwide. More information is available at: www.brgsports.com.

Media Contacts:
Mark Riedy | 415.302.2923 | mark@trueoverdrive.com
Erin Griffin | 224.585.5231| eegriffin@brgsports.com

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Reynolds Cycling Launches Road Tubeless, Expands 2015 Line at Eurobike

Manufacturer of high-performance race wheels and pioneer in carbon fiber and aero technology unveils 2015 offerings including road tubeless, as well as expanded road tubular and disc-brake lineups.

(Friedrichshafen, GER. – Aug. 27) – Reynolds Cycling, manufacturer of high-performance race wheels for mountain and road bikes and pioneer in carbon fiber and aero technology, unveiled 2015 offerings including road tubeless, as well as expanded road tubular and disc-brake lineups. These, in addition to the premium BLACKLABEL carbon mountain wheels unveiled earlier this year, will complete the changes to the 2015 catalog.

“More than anything, the 2015 product line shows Reynolds’ response to listening to our customers and bringing to market product with technical innovation to provide substantial performance benefits,” said Todd Tanner, Reynolds product manager. “AERO tubulars are in direct response to consumer requests for premium tubular options; BLACKLABEL is in direct response to consumers looking for a premium blend of strength, durability and weight as well as Reynolds’ commitment to expanding our mountain offerings; and our depth in our disc-brake product shows our dedication to driving innovation and technology in a new and expanding category.”

The 2015 Performance Series—ATTACK, ASSAULT and STRIKE—will be offered as tubeless ready clinchers; the 2015 AERO line will offer tubular versions of the 46 AERO, 58 AERO and 72 AERO; and the disc brake versions of the 46 AERO (clincher only) and ATTACK.

Reynolds’ PERFORMANCE category offers the most value-packed carbon road wheels on the market featuring modern rim widths in a variety of depths and have external nipples for easy maintenance. In addition to their incredibly low weights and added aero benefits of Reynolds Enhanced SLG Technology, tubeless capability for 2015 means lower rolling resistance, improved ride quality and fewer flats.

The radically shaped AERO series wheels, first debuted in 2013, continue to impress riders, racers and editors alike with their predictability in crosswinds and flat-out speed on the open road. Born from the same DET™ technology as the RZR® 92, Reynolds AERO wheels have set the standard in deep-rim carbon wheel technology, and are now available with the added benefits of tubular design in the proven DET™ profile.

The Road Disc revolution is here, and Reynolds offers a number of distinct wheelsets to give you choices when looking for the ideal. New disc brake additions the AERO and PERFORMANCE categories couple the best of aerodynamics, lightweight and durability coupled with the all-weather performance, superior control and improved rider confidence of disc brakes.

“Reynolds is leading the charge in road disc development,” said Tanner. “It’s one of the most exciting emerging categories in road wheels—perhaps all of cycling. It opens the door for a flood of innovation.”

About Reynolds Cycling

Reynolds Cycling is situated at the base of Utah’s majestic Wasatch Mountains, a land of epic beauty that provides both inspiration and an ideal proving ground for new, innovative bicycle wheels. We test our road wheels on the same steep and winding mountain byways that play host to internationally contested UCI races, and the limitless miles of high-country trails are the perfect setting for validating our mountain bike wheels. It is with this backdrop that we have build the Reynolds Composite Studio whose sole focus is engineering the strongest, lightest and fastest premium wheels for road, triathlon, mountain bike and any other biking discipline in which top performance is the dedicated goal. Ride Hard. Ride the Best. Ride Reynolds. 

For more information, visit reynoldscycling.com.

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Beautiful Weather Boosts the Bicycle Industry An assessment of the business climate for the first half of 2014

Friedrichshafen, August 26, 2014
The first half of 2014 demonstrated once again that cycling is all the rage, and that the German bicycle industry is to some extent a weather-dependent sector. In accordance with this, the mild winter and beautiful spring 2014 have led to an increase in sales over the previous year.

Zweirad-Industrie-Verband e.V. (Bicycle Industry Association, ZIV) estimates that in 2014 around 2.8 million bicycles and e-bikes were sold to end users in Germany from January to June. This represents an increase of four percent over the first half of 2013. Due to continued good weather conditions, the ZIV is looking with confidence at the rest of 2014 and expects the positive trend to continue.

There was a slight decrease in bicycle and e-bike production. With some 1.6 million bicycles and e-bikes produced, German production fell slightly in the first half of 2014. From the perspective of the ZIV, this is mainly due to the difficult 2013 season. Due to weather conditions at the end of the year, both in industry and the trade there were existing inventories which needed to be reduced in 2014. For this reason, manufacturers were reserved in their production.

According to estimates of the ZIV, imports to Germany slightly declined in the first half of 2014. With an estimated 1.8 million bicycles and e-bikes, 2.5 percent less were imported to Germany than in the same period last year.

In addition to Cambodia and Poland, Taiwan and Bulgaria were the most important countries supplying imports.

Bicycle exports also fell slightly compared to the previous year due to weather conditions.

E-bike sales continue to increase!

The upward trend continues for e-bikes, resulting in good sales figures. According to estimates of the ZIV, 450,000 were sold in Germany this year. In the medium term, the ZIV estimates that the e-bike market can achieve an annual share of the total market of around 15 percent in Germany.
This would correspond to a total of around 600,000 e-bikes annually.

In view of changed usage behavior in everyday mobility, newly added providers, new model groups, and technical advancements, the ZIV sees this number as realistic.

There are more than 1.8 million e-bikes currently on the road in Germany. This means the German e-bike industry alone has achieved the goal of the federal government of putting more than one million electric vehicles on the streets of Germany.

Cycling is still in vogue!

The bicycle and e-bike are developing more and more from purely recreational vehicles into everyday mobility partners.

That the importance of the bicycle as part of everyday mobility is further increasing is underscored by the fact that city and trekking bikes are again the most popular models among German consumers.
Increased use of the bicycle in everyday life and the high proportion of bicycle retailers are also leading to increasing demand for high-quality components, accessories, and workshop services of dealers.

In the opinion of the ZIV, the bicycle has become an indispensable part of the mobility of the future. For this reason the ZIV advocates improvement of the cycling infrastructure. This is especially true for bike lanes and secure storage.

For the future issues of health, mobility, sustainability, and economy, no other means of transportation can offer as many starting points as the bicycle and e-bike.

The ZIV is promoting this development with its "Pro Bike” initiative.

With a wide variety of events (including acting as partners in the "Open Day of the Federal Government”), active participation in the legal and technical policy framework, and active communication management, the ZIV as the advocate for the interests of the German bicycle, e-bike, components, and accessories industry ensures that "cycling moves.”

ZIV is also active on the European level through the associations COLIBI (bicycle industry) and COLIPED (bicycle parts industry), demonstrating its commitment to improving bicycle conditions in Europe.
Press contact:
Stephan Schreyer / Head of Communications and Marketing / Tel.: +49 (0)6196 5077-13
Cell: +49 (0)160-90136846 / E-mail: schreyer@ziv-zweirad.de


Pacific Sunwear Q2 Sales Up Supported By Men’s Business Growth

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 28, 2014 — Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (Nasdaq:PSUN) (the “Company”), announced today that net sales from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 ended August 2, 2014, were $211.7 million versus net sales from continuing operations of $210.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 ended August 3, 2013.

Comparable store sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 were 0.3%. The Company ended the second quarter of fiscal 2014 with 618 stores versus 637 stores a year ago. For a complete look at PacSun’s financial report for the second quarter, visit the Pacific Sunwear Investor Relations page.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported income from continuing operations of $7.5 million, or $0.10 per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $18.6 million, or $(0.27) per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Income from continuing operations for the Company’s second quarter of fiscal 2014 included a non-cash gain of $10.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to a non-cash loss of $21.2 million, or $(0.31) per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 related to the derivative liability that resulted from the issuance of the Convertible Series B Preferred Stock (the “Series B Preferred”) in connection with the term loan financing the Company completed in December 2011.

On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the non-cash gain on the derivative liability, and assuming a tax benefit of approximately $1.3 million, the Company would have incurred a loss from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 of $1.8 million, or $(0.03) per diluted share, as compared to income from continuing operations of $1.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago.

“As previously indicated, sales trends improved as the quarter progressed led by continued growth in our Men’s business resulting in non-GAAP EPS at the higher end of our guidance,” said Gary H. Schoenfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer. “For Q3, even in the face of a down-trending denim cycle we are encouraged by the positive response to the balance of our initial fall assortments. We continue to believe that our core strategies are attracting new customers and differentiating PacSun in this very competitive market.”

Financial Outlook for Third Fiscal Quarter of 2014

The Company’s guidance range for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 contemplates a non-GAAP loss per diluted share from continuing operations of between $(0.09) and $(0.04), compared to $(0.05) in the third quarter of fiscal 2013.

The forecasted third quarter non-GAAP loss from continuing operations per diluted share guidance range is based on the following assumptions:

Comparable store sales from flat to +3%;
Revenue from $203 million to $208 million;
Gross margin rate, including buying, distribution and occupancy, of 25% to 27%;
SG&A expenses in the range of $54 million to $56 million; andApplicable non-GAAP adjustments are tax effected using a normalized annual income tax rate.

The Company’s third fiscal quarter of 2014 guidance range excludes the quarterly impact of the change in the fair value of the derivative liability due to the inherently variable nature of this financial instrument.

Discontinued Operations

In accordance with applicable accounting literature and consistent with the Company’s financial statement presentation in its fiscal 2013 annual report, the Company has reclassified the results of operations of its closed stores as discontinued operations for all periods presented, as applicable.

Derivative Liability

In fiscal 2011, as a result of the issuance of the Series B Preferred in connection with the Company’s $60 million senior secured term loan financing with an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital, the Company recorded a derivative liability equal to approximately $15 million, which represents the fair value of the Series B Preferred upon issuance. In accordance with applicable U.S. GAAP, the Company has marked this derivative liability to fair value through earnings and will continue to do so on a quarterly basis until the shares of Series B Preferred are either converted into shares of the Company’s common stock or until the conversion rights expire (December 2021).

About Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.

Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “PacSun” or the “Company”) is a leading specialty retailer rooted in the action sports, fashion and music influences of the California lifestyle. The Company sells a combination of branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories and footwear designed to appeal to teens and young adults. As of August 28, 2014, the Company operates 618 stores in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. PacSun’s website address is www.pacsun.com.

The Company will be hosting a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to review the results of its second fiscal quarter. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available, beginning approximately two hours following the call, for one week and can be accessed in the United States and Canada at (855) 859-2056 or internationally at (404) 537-3406; passcode: 47110638. For those unable to listen to the live Web broadcast or utilize the call-in replay, an archived version will be available on the Company’s investor relations website through midnight, December 3, 2014.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying tables include non-GAAP financial measures. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, please see the accompanying table titled “Reconciliation of Selected GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures” and the section following such table titled “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

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Amer Sports Capital Markets Day 2014: Accelerating for the future

August 28, 2014 at 8.30 am
Amer Sports is today hosting a Capital Markets Day in Helsinki, Finland. The Company will present the plans for delivering against the mid-term financial targets including how to re-ignite profitable growth in Ball Sports. Further, the Company will present acceleration programs towards 2020. In the Capital Markets Day, Amer Sports will reconfirm both the outlook for 2014 and the Company's mid-term financial targets.

"We are improving and our strategy is working. Now we continue to renew ourselves for long-term acceleration", says Heikki Takala, President and CEO of Amer Sports. "We have good momentum in our Core Equipment Categories, and significant further acceleration opportunities especially in Apparel and Footwear, Business to Consumer, commercial expansion, and increasingly in digital products and services.

Outlook for 2014:

Amer Sports expects global trading conditions to remain challenging, with some regional improvements. In 2014, Amer Sports' net sales growth in local currencies is expected to meet at minimum the company's long-term annual 5% growth target and EBIT excluding non-recurring items to improve from 2013. The company will continue to focus on the growth of Apparel and Footwear, consumer-driven product and marketing innovation, commercial expansion and operational excellence.

Amer Sports' financial targets:
  • Growth: Delivering organic, currency-neutral annual growth of 5%.
  • Profitability: EBIT of at least 10% of net sales.
  • Cash flow: Annual free cash flow equal to net profit.
  • Balance sheet structure: Year-end Net Debt / EBITDA ratio of 3 or less.
Presentation materials of the CEO and CFO will be available at www.amersports.com in the Investors and media section at 9 am Finnish time.

For more information, please contact:
Päivi Antola, Director, Corporate Communications and IR
Tel. +358 207 122 537 /DISTRIBUTION:
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki / Main media

Amer Sports (www.amersports.com) is a sporting goods company with internationally recognized brands including Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc'teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor. The company's technically-advanced sports equipment, footwear and apparel improve performance and increase the enjoyment of sports and outdoor activities. The Group's business is balanced by its broad portfolio of sports and products and a presence in all major markets. Amer Sports shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki stock exchange (AMEAS).

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Ralph Lauren Introduces the Next Evolution of Wearable Technology

First luxury lifestyle brand to offer smart apparel collection, to be tested at the US Open

FLUSHING, N.Y.--Aug. 25, 2014-- Ralph Lauren Corp. is unveiling the high-performance, fashion-forward Polo Tech shirt on opening day of the US Open. The Polo Tech shirt is an innovative new product from a fashion brand that merges biometrics into active lifestyle apparel, marking a revolution in advanced technology designed to improve general wellness and increase personal fitness.

The Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt features sensors knitted into the core of the product to read biological and physiological information. With Ralph Lauren’s leadership in the design community, the compression shirt also has a sleek look in black with a signature yellow Polo Player logo. The second-skin fit enhances comfort and agility.

As the official outfitter of the two-week U.S. Tennis Association tournament, Ralph Lauren is dressing several ball boys in the Polo Tech Shirt during select matches at the Billie Jean National Tennis Center. Marcos Giron, the No. 1 singles player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, is playing in his first Grand Slam in Flushing, and he will wear the Polo Tech shirt during his practices. He will track his biometrics and making adjustments in real time to his play, form and breathing.

“Ralph Lauren continues to be at the cutting edge of fashion and culture,” said David Lauren, Senior Vice President of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations. “Our goal is to create and reflect the ultimate lifestyle, and we believe that a healthy and active life is an essential part of that. Ralph Lauren is excited to help lead the industry in wearable technology in this ever-evolving, modern world.”

David Brewer, US Open Tournament Director, said there are features in the Polo Tech shirt that can “revolutionize how players train and compete.”

“The fact that Ralph Lauren chose the US Open as the venue to unveil its Polo Tech shirt enhances our tradition as a showcase for innovation,” said Brewer.

Beyond elite athletes, however, David Lauren also sees a place for the Polo Tech shirt in everyday life. “Our vision is that this will transcend sports to help us at every age and in every aspect of life. Reaching far beyond just the needs of elite athletes, Polo Tech will offer innovative technology for all ages and lifestyles to promote general wellness and quality of life.”

The Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt was developed with proprietary technology from Canadian-based OMsignal, whose team includes experts in neuroscience, sports medicine and engineering. With OMsignal, the shirt itself is the sensor. The OM platform delivers a wide variety of physiological data through seamless apparel directly to the users via an app on their smartphone.

“It was clear from our very first meeting that Ralph Lauren had clarity of mind about the future of fashion tech,” said Stéphane Marceau, CEO of OMsignal. “Its legendary Polo brand and unparalleled design and merchandising capabilities make Ralph Lauren a natural partner to bring smart clothing technology into everyday lives."

With OMsignal, the data collected by the shirt is stored by a “black box,” which includes an accelerometer and gyroscope, which capture movement and direction. That ”black box” transmits the data into the cloud, where it is plugged into a number of algorithms that gauge important performance-oriented biometrics, including heartbeat and respiration, as well as some psychometrics, such as stress level and energy output.

As Ralph Lauren further expands its high-tech presence, this Polo Tech shirt represents the Company’s most recent initiative in the technology realm. The launch follows other innovative platforms already established such as the 4D Light Show, The Dog Walk – a unique digital collaboration showcasing the Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 Accessories Collection in collaboration with the ASPCA® and the RL Children’s Virtual Storybook.

The debut at the US Open marks the first time a global sporting event is being used as a platform to launch a collection of wearable products.

Please find additional information, imagery and video footage at http://www.image.net/RLPoloTech.

Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances. For more than 47 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Polo Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Collection, Black Label, Blue Label, Lauren Ralph Lauren, RRL, RLX, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, Chaps and Club Monaco, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands.

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OMsignal has developed a revolutionary bio-sensing clothing platform with a line of clothing products that connect seamlessly with mobile devices. OMsignal innovative garments are designed for performance and fitness as well as for everyday wear, and to compliment life without getting in the way of daily life. Based in Montreal, Canada, OMsignal is backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Real Ventures, Golden Venture Partners, Mistral Venture Partners, Flextronics, David Cohen and Primera Capital.

Source: Ralph Lauren Corporation
Ralph Lauren Corporation /Ryan Lally, 212-318-7116 / Vice President, Corporate Communications